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FAQs, Mathematics

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the mathematics major at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see Contact information on left) or schedule a visit.

What can I do with a degree in mathematics?
Lots of things! Mathematicians are valued for their abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. Math majors are employed in industries such as actuarial science, business, computing, economics, finance, and law. For more information see the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

I have AP calculus credit. Does that count towards a math major?
Possibly. Depending on the course and the score, it can be used as transfer credit toward some calculus classes. The same is true for the International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL course.

I’m interested in being a math major, but I also have other interests. Will I have the flexibility to take courses in these other areas?
Yes, you will. Only 121 credit hours are required in the traditional math track. This includes 27 free elective credits allowing completion of a minor or even in some cases, with a few additional credits, a second major.

I’m not sure what track I want to take. Is it possible to change math tracks within the mathematics major?
Yes, it is. It is easy to change to the traditional track. For the others, it is possible but may require some catch-up in education or computer science classes. The earlier you decide, the easier it is.

I’m not a math major, but I’m interested in taking more math classes. Do you offer a minor in mathematics?
Yes, we do. Moreover, many science and engineering majors can complete a minor in mathematics by taking just a few additional 300-level math courses. 

I’m interested in becoming more involved in the math community at-large. Are there any professional mathematics organizations that allow students to join?
Yes! The three major national professional organizations are the AMSMAA, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). All allow students to join at a discounted rate.

Is there any mathematics tutoring available on campus?
Yes. The Math Center provides free tutoring for almost all math courses. It’s usually open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 p.m. on Friday. No appointment is necessary. 

How do I become a math tutor in the Math Center?
Prospective tutors are usually recommended by the mathematics faculty. You would need to have completed at least the calculus sequence. For more information, contact the Director of the Math Center.